By the time I read "A Message From Ukraine’s Book Arsenal Festival in Kyiv" in Publishing Perspectives's February 24th edition, Kyiv was already under siege. The word siege sounds so medieval, but it is exactly the right word. My wife and I went to Costco and bought 110 pounds of medical gauze, antiseptic cream, protein bars, powdered baby formula and powdered protein foods, blankets, canned sausage and tuna, and Peanut Chews. It cost about $80 to UPS the three boxes to St. Andrew Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis Center in Silver Springs, Maryland. The address is 15100 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20905. They are collecting donated goods to ship to Ukraine.
Ukrainian writers and publishers had been practicing freedom of speech and intelligent discourse as a free country. Once a year the Book Arsenal Festival had been an outlet for art and ideas, but I can't see that happening this year. Publishing Perspective has posted a series of insightful articles on the invasion of Ukraine and its effects on the book festival and culture.